1. Once you get find for a charge of assault or battery (beating), then you will have a criminal record. Essentially, only the application of a caution or the Probation Act would mean that you would not get a criminal record. Once you are fined, then this is a criminal record and it will appear on a a police check. However, after seven years, under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, the conviction will be spent and it will no longer feature on any police check as it will be excised from your criminal record. So don't believe that the fine will feature forever, as after seven years you will no longer have a police record.